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January 4th, 2013
01:39 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

By Jamie Gray, CNN

A Happy New Year to all our viewers!

We’ve got a jam-packed Reliable Sources to kick off 2013. Congress rang in the new year with the same old dysfunctional behavior as Democrats and Republicans scratched and clawed their way to a New Years’ Day deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. CNN’s Dana Bash and Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times burned the candle at both ends in covering the fiscal cliff deadline drama; they’ll join Howie to give him all the behind the scenes details.

No sooner had the fiscal cliff deal been done than another rift emerged in the Republican party over the lack of a House vote on a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner and Ana Marie Cox of The Guardian give us their take on how the spat was covered. They’ll also tackle how Hillary Clinton’s medical problems have played out; should conservatives who mocked her earlier concussion apologize after discovering it had caused a serious blood clot in her head?

The other big news this week was the announcement that Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera will be buying Al Gore’s struggling Current TV network. Former Al Jazeera English anchor Dave Marash will give us his insight into what the new network might look like.

Finally, scholars Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institute and Norman Ornstein of American Enterprise Institute will tell us about their collaboration on a new book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” and their thesis that the media has failed to hold Republicans to account for their radical behavior.

Tune in this Sunday at 11am.

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  1. Wolfgang Hunter

    Cover this next week - Perfect Example of Leftist Media Bias: Thousands of innocent lives are saved every year by families using firearms to protect themselves against unmitigated evil ... and not ONE story about it from the leftists who control the media at CNN, NBC and the NY Times - Here's just one example from this week: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/06/georgia-mom-home-alone-with-kids-shoots-ex-con-intruder/ And this is also a great example of why large clips are needed. If this felon had realized that this young mother only had six rounds, she and her 9 year old twin daughters would be dead right now.... Laws limiting clips to 6 rounds will result in the deaths of innocent people.

    January 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  2. siribalwant khalsa

    The right wing media spin on HIllary has begun. Today it was in evidence when the pleasant young guy on your show, who may be in on it or just too young and ignorant to know, spread the lie of Hillary being someone who everyone believes hides the truth. He is right that the left does not/did not trust her but that is because she openly (in a big speech on the senate floor) supported going to war with Iraq not because she sleazily hides the the facts. When I watch a national news program. I wish I could watch TV news and not have to think, "God these people are stupid and ignorant." (sigh)

    January 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  3. Christopher Keefe

    Wow. Ornstein and Mann come on to make long winded one-sided speeches about "Republican" media bias, and Mr. Kurtz just keeps tossing the softballs right out there – in fact, Howie would have been just as effective if he had left the room. No balance, no request for tangible examples, no challenging questions? One wonders if Brent Bozell would have received the same treatment – care to show me wrong? Although I for one won't see it: I used to watch RS most Sunday mornings. No longer.....

    January 6, 2013 at 11:58 am | Reply
  4. Richard Ragen

    I can't believe what I'm hearing. Reliable is actually asking their guests if the press hasn't called out GOP as radicals. What do you call Reid, Obama and Pelosi behind closed doors drawing up a health care plan that 60% of the public was against and passed without a single republican on board. Pelosi said " we need to pass it to understand what's in it' and I'm paraphrasing. And you call Republicans radical! What a joke!

    January 6, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
  5. Meg

    There was an egregious omission on CNN on Saturday January 5, 2013 which could only lead the average American viewer to an assumption that is patently incorrect. The manner in which this was reported was extremely prejudicial and sadly, most of my fellow citizens are not as well educated or as knowledgeable about the world as I am. Therefore, please issue a clarification.

    The offensive report was during Randi Kaye's program when she stated that there was unrest in Belfast, Ireland and thus violence broke out among demonstrators who were gathered to protest one of the Good Friday accord phases of no longer flying the Red Hand of Ulster Flag in the North. Whenever there is a story about trouble in Ireland, it is always presumed and assumed it must be the IRA. There has always been another side to this story and CNN has yet to condemn the acts of the Red Hand of Ulster, Royal Ulster Constabulary and anyone and anything connected to Ian Paisley, let alone report them. You were silent on who the protesters were, but again, I had many people comment about the IRA protests in the North. They saw it on CNN. You need to clarify and apologize and then send this to Howard Mandel, so you can examine the true intent and motives of Time Warner, et al.

    Violence is never a solution to any problem and 99% of all Irish Catholics worldwide condemn the actions by both the IRA and the Protestant counterparts. Why won't CNN?

    January 6, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply

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